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City Awake, a local rock band has the opportunity to be part of an upcoming music festival with some big names in the genre.

“The Upheaval Festival takes place in Grand Rapids, MI. This is their second year at this festival,” said Ashley Tackett, who runs City Awake. “It’s a 2 day show with multiple bands, ranging from small bands to big names.”

City Awake applied as festival ambassadors, giving them a chance to prove that their fanbase can support a festival like Upheaval.

“This opportunity would be huge for us as a group,” City Awake said. “We would have our name plastered on multiple posters (and) advertisements; we could play with big names, meet new people, make new fans and spread our music beyond the region.

“Grand Rapids is about a six hour drive from here; it would be a great experience and it would definitely be one of our most unforgettable shows. The simple fact that a small group from the Georgetown area has even been offered this opportunity is nothing short of amazing.

The current members of City Awake are: Justin Tackett (vocals/guitar) Ian Dozer (drums), Shawn Caudill (guitar) and Nicholas Tirlea (bass).

“We are lucky enough to play the Upheaval festival in July,” the band said. “The opportunity arose when we saw that they were taking applications for 2022 Upheaval Ambassadors. This means that if we were chosen, we would have the opportunity to sell tickets with an exclusive link and promo code of $5; the more tickets we sell under our special link, the more likely we are to secure (a) spot in the lineup.

“Basically, to put it simply, the bands that have been chosen as ambassadors compete to see who has the biggest fan base (and) who can sell more tickets.”


The top three ambassadors get a spot on the list “no questions asked,” Tackett said.

As a group, City Awake’s influences include; Three times, The Foo Fighters, Breaking Benjamin, Highly Suspect and Cage the Elephant.

Upheaval’s 2022 lineup includes: Breaking Benjamin, Disturbed, Theory, Avatar, Starset, Ayron Jones, Three Days Grace, Nothing More, Hatebreed, Escape the Fate, Butcher Babies and more.

Over the past three years, City Awake has played multiple shows in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio opening for Bad Wolves, Buckcherry, Lacey Sturm, Liliac, Despite the Dead and more.

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